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Mortuary affairs specialists from the 962nd Quartermaster Company
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, AFGHANISTAN —  Soldiers from the 962nd Quartermaster Company (Mortuary Affairs), out of Fort Shafter, Hawaii, arguably have one of the hardest jobs in the Army. They arrived in Afghanistan from all parts of the Pacific: Alaska, American Samoa, Guam, and Hawaii, and they are here...
The US flag flutters at half mast prior to a ceremony at the Aisne-Marne American cemetery and memorial in Belleau, eastern France, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. More than 60 heads of state and government converged on France for the commemorations that crescendoed Sunday with ceremonies at the Tomb of...
Amata with Veterans
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Congresswoman Aumua Amata issued the following statement in recognition of Veterans Day 2018: “Veterans Day is a special milestone for the whole nation to join together in recognizing all our Veterans, their service and sacrifice, and what they mean to our Country and...
[l-r standing) Sgt. Embery, Sgt. Hunt, Spc. Maluafou, Sgt. Mortenson Sgt. Sapla and Spc. Stanleyfelt; and kneeling is PFC. Ulimasao
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The seven Army Reservists posed for a photo yesterday, the final day of the six-day US Army Reserve “Best Warrior” Competition, held in American Samoa for the first time. Two local reservists and five from Hawai’i, Guam and Alaska made up the competitors, who are [l-r...
MST Christabel Lupetaliaami Jennings Joyner pictured here with her husband, Chuck Joyner,
Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Aumua Amata is congratulating U.S. Army Master Sergeant Christabel “Chris” Lupetaliaami Jennings Joyner upon her retirement ceremony following 26 years of honorable service to our country.  “Congratulations to Chris upon her retirement ceremony this week, and a...
Ryan Taifane with his mother Taua Niualama Taifane and his brother, Eric.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Earlier this year, Ryan Vaeoso Taifane, 27, became the first Samoan in five years to be sworn in locally as an officer candidate in the US Army. He's back now — temporarily. But this time, he is an officer, a leader, a member of the world's greatest military. Taifane...
Newly pinned 1ST Sgt. Nathan Magalei of the 411th Engineer Battalion of the local U.S. Army Reserve and his son, Eisa Magalei, who had the honor of pinning his father
Newly pinned 1ST Sgt. Nathan Magalei of the 411th Engineer Battalion of the local U.S. Army Reserve and his son, Eisa Magalei, who had the honor of pinning his father during last Saturday’s promotion ceremony at the Konelio Pele US Army Reserve Center in Tafuna. [photo: Esther Posala]
CDR David M. Zielinski, (USS FORT MCHENRY) presents the letter of appointment to ET1(SW) Fiafia Dwayne Sunia, USN, to the rank of E-6, First Class Petty Officer, on 10AUG18. "Making E-6 in 5 years is an outstanding accomplishment, and it proves that hard work and dedication are two major factors to...
Esther Posala and Alexandria Tuiasosopo
Congratulations to Samoa News Graphic/ Layout Artist Esther Posala and Miss Alexandria Tuiasosopo for graduating from their Advanced Individual Training as Military Occupational Specialists (MOS) 92M Mortuary Affairs Specialist at Fort Lee, Virginia. PVT Posala is the daughter of Rosalia and Iava...
Honor Carry Ceremony at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam
Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Aumua Amata attended the moving Honor Carry Ceremony on Wednesday at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawai’i receiving back the remains of Korean War fallen American soldiers repatriated from North Korea. Vice President Pence and Indo-Pacific Command (PACOM)...

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